Johan Bonny

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BelgianBorn Johan Bonny

Belgian Roman Catholic Bishop

Born on July 10, 1955 in Gistel (Moere), West-Vlaanderen , Belgium (68 years)

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Johan Jozef Bonny (born 10 July 1955) is a Belgian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been the bishop of Antwerp in Belgium since 2009.

...   Johan Jozef Bonny (born 10 July 1955) is a Belgian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been the bishop of Antwerp in Belgium since 2009.


Biography
Johan Bonny was born in Moere (Gistel) on 10 July 1955, the oldest of five children born to Gustaaf Bonny and Marie-Jeanne Lootens, farmers. He attended primary school in Eernegem and Moere, lower secondary school at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Gistel College and higher secondary education at Sint-Janscollege in Meldert. In 1973 he entered the Bruges seminary.


Priest
On 20 July 1980, he was ordained priest by Emiel-Jozef De Smedt, Bishop of Bruges. Bonny helped found a l'Arche community in Moerkerke and remained attached to it as a priest.
He obtained a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1976 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, a bachelor's degree in theology in 1979 from the Grand Seminary in Bruges, and in 1981 a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. De Smedt then appointed him archivist and professor at the Seminary in Bruges, where he taught Church history, dogmatic theology, ecumenism and spirituality. At the same time, he worked with the renowned expert in Christian mystics Albert Deblaere. In 1988, he obtained a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian with a thesis on the Flemish mystic John of Ruysbroeck, entitled "Het ghemeyne leven in de werken van Jan van Ruusbroec" (English: The "common life" in the works of John of Ruysbroeck). In 1985 Roger Vangheluwe appointed him director of the department of theology and, in 1991, spiritual director of the Bruges seminary.
On 5 June 1997 he was appointed collaborator to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, where he was responsible for ecumenical relations between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches, mainly in the Middle East. He took part in theological dialogue with the Oriental Orthodox Churches, including the Coptic, Syriac, Armenian and Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church) and the Assyrian Church of the East. He also maintained the relationship between the council and a number of communities or movements, such as Taizé and L'Arche. While he was working in Rome, Cardinal Godfried Danneels and the Belgian bishops appointed him rector of the Belgian Pontifical College in Rome to succeed Werner Quintens.


Bishop
On 28 October 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bonny bishop of the Diocese of Antwerp. He chose as his bishop's motto The Lamb will be their shepherd (Latin: Agnus pascet illos). On 4 January 2009, Bonny was consecrated a bishop in the Our Lady Cathedral by Danneels, assisted by Bishops Paul Van den Berghe and Roger Vangheluwe in presence of various religious and civil dignitaries, including Cardinal Walter Kasper and Archbishops Wim Eijk and André-Joseph Léonard.
In December 2014 Bonny called for Church recognition of gay relationships. He said: "There should be recognition of a diversity of forms. We have to look inside the Church for a formal recognition of the kind of interpersonal relationship that is also present in many gay couples. Just as there are a variety of legal frameworks for partners in civil society, one must arrive at a diversity of forms in the Church....The intrinsic values are more important to me than the institutional question. The Christian ethic is based on lasting relationships where exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other." In September he wrote a letter in preparation for the Synod on the family that October. He stressed that the Church urgently needs to connect with contemporary society, showing more respect for homosexuality, divorced people and modern kinds of relationships.In January 2015 he received an award from çavaria, the association of Flemish LGBT organisations, for his call for acceptance. Bonny however said the award was unnecessary.Bonny said because Pope Francis has not voiced specific opposition to the Flemish bishops' decision to bless same-sex unions, he has taken that as tacit approval. Bonny said he had "two conversations" with Francis from which he inferred he knew that the Flemish bishops were "not going against the Pope".Bonny said Fiducia supplicans “helps us move forward.”


References

Additional sourcesBonny, Johan (28 April 2004). "Relations Between the Catholic Church and Ancient Churches of the East". L'Osservatore Romano. Holy See. p. 10. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
Bonny, Johan (2001). "Christian Witness and Ecumenism in a Society with a Muslim Majority". Focus. 31 (3). Archived from the original on 17 June 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.


External links

"Portret van de toekomstige bisschop" [Portrait of the future bishop]. Kerknet - De website van de kerk in Vlaanderen (in Dutch). 2008. Archived from the original on 13 June 2015.
Progress in Dialogue Between Holy See and Greek Orthodox Church, interview with E.H. Johan Bonny, April 2003
Report of The Fourth Meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, Rome, 28 January tot 3 February 2007
Radio Vatikan (29 October 2008). "Vatikan: Ökumene-Experte wird Bischof von Antwerpen" (in German).



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